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Living Free

As a child, freedom meant being released from rules and schedules. On the first day of summer break, I felt free. I was independent. I was released from the restrictions of school, early bedtimes and homework. I soon realized that I was still under the authority of my parents.

As an adult, freedom took on another meaning. It was a national right. I celebrated freedom on Independence Day, the federal holiday - in the United States - that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. It was freedom from oppressive government – living in a free land. Politics aside, living in a free land doesn’t guarantee freedom. We all live under the power of another, whether it is a new government or our own nature.

For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:19b ESV

Being controlled by a sinful nature is very much like physical slavery. Those under its oppressive power are not free to move about of their own free will, to speak or even to think as God intended. Sin deludes, deceives, and controls lives. Those who are under sin’s power are fooled into believing that they are free to do as they choose, while being pulled deeper into sin. Sin clouds our minds, contaminates our feelings, and enslaves us. The only remedy is the saving grace of God, who provides spiritual freedom.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV

Belief begins with knowing who Jesus is. Salvation comes not by intellectual knowledge such as by reading about the historical Jesus - but from a vital personal relationship with him. It continues with a commitment to the truth He revealed. That truth produces true freedom.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 ESV

Freedom has little to do with political or national affiliation. So we don’t look at our physical circumstances for freedom. True freedom comes from knowing Jesus Christ and having that personal relationship with him. It is being saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.

There is a freedom more powerful than that celebrated on Independence Day. This freedom is available to everyone who believes in salvation through Jesus Christ. It is freedom of the Spirit. This freedom sets us free from the power of sin. Jesus Christ paid the price and living under his power is freedom.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 KJV

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